U.S. War Relocation Authority with the cooperation of the Office of War Information and the Office of Strategic Services
Film on the massive internment of Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II. It seems that the film tries to reassure the viewer that the conditions in the camps are not too "soft" -- that the Japanese Americans there have to work hard and actually provide for many of their own needs, costing the taxpayer as little as possible. It also takes pains to describe the internees as involved in community activities like the Boy Scouts, Red Cross and church-going. It makes the point several times that internees are mostly loyal to America, but that the potential threat they pose is being dealt with appropriately. also footage of Japanese American fighting units in training. Hart Mountain, Wyoming
Produced by the War Relocation Authority with the cooperation of the Office of War Information and the Office of Strategic Services. Photography: Tom Parker, Charles Mace. Narration: John Baker.
July 24, 2017 Subject:
Spot the Government-speak.
In this peppy go lucky short which shows the Japanese Detainnment Camps were'nt so bad, the narrator is full of double talk of what's happening. These are'nt Detainment camps! They're 'relocation centers!' these aren't detainees, rather they are 'Evuacuees' (from what?). We see a sample family moving into their one room shack and sprucing it up with drapes, a little wood-work et al! After working in the fields, and facing some hard labor, you have the choice to go home. But only after what it seems to be about 20 pages of background checks. A shocking film, and an important historical artifact.